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He Said, She Said: 10 Things We Wish Sex Ed Taught Us

Melissa White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Melissa White

"Left to rely on what I heard, I expected to feel something akin to a sonic boom followed by that sparkly thing twilight "vampires" do."

Your Time of the Month: A Cause for Celebration

Naama Bloom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Naama Bloom

As pre-pubescents, we wait for this mysterious visitor. In our twenties, we pray we get it each month because we want confirmation that we're not pregnant. Then we hit our 30s, and many of us are trying to get pregnant. It's no wonder we have a love/hate relationship with our periods.

WATCH: Disney's 1968 Sex-Ed Video Is Hilariously Bad

Posted 09.04.2013 | Women

Sex ed... from a Disney film? A 1968 animation short, "Family Planning," educates viewers on the problem of overpopulation and vaguely hints at the...

Louie Gohmert Sounds Alarm On Soviet-Like Sex-Ed Programs

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is not a fan of sex education teaching because it reminds him of Russian schools under the Soviet Union, he said during a...

What I Wish Sex Ed Had Taught Me

Lilli Schussler | Posted 08.07.2013 | Teen
Lilli Schussler

I care about life not simply "happening" to me. And I think I'm not the only one. Mandating contraception education that truly equips adolescents to make choices about contraception is the goal we have been missing all along.

Dan Savage Explains Why Sex Education Must Include LGBTs

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices

(Warning: The above video contains graphic language.) Author and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, who recently asserted that gays are better at sex...

What Gender Doesn't Have to Do With Making Babies

Cory Silverberg | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Cory Silverberg

When I sat down to write What Makes a Baby, I didn't think gender would be the most controversial part. I thought that if anyone had a problem with the book it would be because I don't put a married heterosexual couple in the middle of the story. I should have known.

How Abstinence-Only Messages Steer Girls Wrong

Christina Pesoli | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

When girls are raised to believe their value is tied to their marketability, the determination of their self-worth is always in the hands of others.

Science and Storytelling in Sex Education

Cory Silverberg | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Cory Silverberg

When we stop talking about sex education as this sliver of an experience and start talking about it as telling stories, we open up possibilities for everyone to play a part. Everyone can tell stories.

The Problem with 'Boys Will Be Boys'

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.06.2013 | Crime
Soraya Chemaly

I know it's a lurid metaphor, but I taught my daughter the preschool block precursor of don't "get raped" and this child, Boy #1, did not learn the preschool equivalent of "don't rape."

Sex Ed Is Under Attack At Colleges Across America

Cosmopolitan | Posted 05.05.2013 | College

Talking about sex on college campuses shouldn't be all that scandalous. They're just big, ivy-coated hotbeds of the so-called "hook up culture," right...

The Harm Of Homophobic Sex Ed

Josh A. Goodman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Josh A. Goodman

"Homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and ... homosexual conduct is a criminal offense." As much as I wish this were a 1950s-era example of past homophobia washed away, this text is from the current sex education requirements under Alabama state law.

10 Real Sex-Ed Horror Stories

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.18.2013 | Women

After sex-ed speaker Pam Stenzel made headlines for giving a controversial lecture to high-schoolers in West Virginia, we asked readers to send us the...

Abstinence Speaker Reportedly Tells HS Students 'If You Take Birth Control, Your Mother Probably Hates You'

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 04.17.2013 | Women

Pam Stenzel, an abstinence-only speaker, sparked controversy after giving a talk to an assembly of West Virginia high school students this week. Stenz...

It's Time to Make Sex Education Mandatory in Our Nation's Schools

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

I'm not encouraging teenagers to go out and have sex, but critical thinking says as sure as the sun will rise in the east, teenagers are going to have sex. So rather than fight the inevitable, why not do everything we can to make sure they are having safe sex?

Laura Bassett

GOP Takes Aim At Teen Sex Ed Programs | Laura Bassett | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

In addition to passing some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation so far this year, Republican lawmakers in North Dakota, Arkansas and T...

Fighting Teen Pregnancy With Peer Influence

Catherine M. Abate | Posted 05.31.2013 | New York
Catherine M. Abate

To effectively encourage teens to make the right decisions about sex, their relationships, and their health, we need to expand our strategies to include more teen-to-teen education.

Sex-Ed Needs K-12 Foundation Like Math, According To New Standards

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.21.2013 | Health News
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The Chicago Board of Education recently approved a new sexual health education policy, based on the National Sexuality Education Standards&n...

Planned Parenthood Accused Of 'Inherent Conflict Of Interest'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

Planned Parenthood is unfit to provide sex education materials to Texas students because the organization's status as an abortion provider constitutes...

All-Inclusive Sex Ed: The Importance Of Learning About Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity At A Young Age

Glennisha Morgan | Posted 05.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Glennisha Morgan

I think it is important for school districts to implement sex education that addresses sexual orientation and gender identity starting in kindergarten. Perhaps then children wouldn't be so perplexed when they encounter people who are LGBT or otherwise different from them.

Let's Talk (and Text and Tweet) About Sex

Dr. Mike Dow | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Mike Dow

When it comes to your sex life, which one of these two philosophies do you live your life by: (A) Ignorance is bliss or (B) Knowledge is power? Research shows the latter keeps us healthy, but it also shows that too many of us are living life by the former.

What We Really Want On Valentine’s Day: Sex Education In Schools

Eric Kutscher | Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Eric Kutscher

By passing the Real Education for Health Youth Act, we would ensure that Americans know their bodies, know their health and are empowered through comprehensive sexual education programs to make healthy and responsible decisions about sexual health.

Masturbation Is Not A Dirty Word

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

Having been brought up in the very religious Deep South, I long thought that even dry humping could get you pregnant. And certainly no one taught me about masturbation. But is this really the way we want to handle human sexuality? Why is sex so taboo?

3 Things Your Little Girl Needs From You That You May Not Realize

Joyce McFadden | Posted 04.06.2013 | Parents
Joyce McFadden

While you're buying your daughter little candy hearts to pass out for Valentine's Day, remember: The more respect you teach her to have for her body -- which includes her sexual anatomy -- the greater her chances for a happy love life.

Philly Schools Install Free Condom Dispensers To Battle 'Epidemic' Of Teen STDs

Posted 12.26.2012 | Education

One-third of Philadelphia's high schools will be offering free condoms to students in a pilot effort to fight "an epidemic of sexually transmitted dis...